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Buell October 17, 2021 posted by

Act Fast: Bargain 2009 Buell 1125R

The American V-Twin brings thoughts of open straight roads and a very specific sound.  Potato, Potato, Potato.  At one point a brilliant motorcycle designer thought that there was a way for the American V-Twin to be known for something else.  Sublime handling.

Erik Buell started producing bikes and very quickly developed a reputation for amazing performance and a distinctive package.   He was willing to push the envelope and try new and interesting engineering projects.  Oil tanks in swingarms, fuel tanks in frames, rotors running around the outside of the wheel, shocks under the engine are just a few to that spring to mind.  Early bikes sourced engines from Harley Davidson, but by the late 00’s a Rotax engine was being used.

The 1125 series weighed in at 375 pounds, one of the lightest sport bikes on the market.  Power came in at just a hair under the 150 horsepower mark.  The CR was aimed at the super naked group with slightly more upright bars then other offerings in the line.  None were said to be easy on the eyes, but the riding experience is said to make up for the looks.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Your Bidding on 2009 Buell 1125cr. It is stock except for Power shifter for clutch less shifts, Bluetooth tuning, K&N filter with ECM Map. No warranty, sold as/is.

With just over 12k miles and a Buy It Now price of $3200 this bike is sure to find a new home fast.  These have a cult like status among owners.  Known for being reliable, fun and easy to live with.  There is little at this price point that can compete in terms of performance and uniqueness.
If a reader here ends up snagging this bargain please be sure to let us know about it in the comments.


Act Fast: Bargain 2009 Buell 1125R
Buell July 25, 2021 posted by

The American Superbike: EBR 1190RX

So you are shopping for a 180 horsepower V Twin superbike, but you find the offerings from Ducati a little too……what is the word?….Italian.  You want something different, not a bike that you will see very often.  You love a good story and racing history.  Enter the EBR 1190RX.  Mr Buell has one of the most amazing stories in modern motorcycling.  No doubt will end up in the history books.

2014 EBR 1190RXfor sale on eBay

These bikes are dripping with interesting engineering.  Almost every review raves about how well they handle and how nice they are to live with.  Rotax supplied engines ensure power and reliability.  The styling can be mistaken for a brand new model.  Production data is limited, but it is safe to say EBR did not make thousands of these.  The owners groups are very loyal and provide a robust network of knowledgeable people to keep these on the road should an issue ever arise.

Listing is lacking some details, but appears to honestly list an faults.  The new owner should budget for a new set of tires and a basic service as with anything with low miles, tires age out.

From the seller’s eBay listing:

2014 Ebr 1190 Rx , origonal owner bought new in april 2014. Near perfect condition, small tear in rear seat and hairline crack in side fairing about an inch long. Completely stock other than super bright led tailights and rear turn signals. Come with original tailight bracket and turn signal and rear stand. Well maintained and hardly ridden.

The current Buy It Now price of $9,000 is roughly half what this bike would have sold for new.  With just 2353 miles on the clock this could appeal to either a collector or a rider.  A rider will be treated to amazing performance for the entry price.

The American Superbike: EBR 1190RX
Sport Bikes For Sale May 8, 2015 posted by

Devil in the Details: 2014 Confederate Hellcat XR132 for Sale

2014 Confederate Hellcat R Side

One of the things I love about old bikes is the detailing. Even simple oil lines and brackets are often beautifully crafted, even if they leak or quickly corrode… But with modern bikes, so much is molded from cheap plastic, or hidden behind overstyled panels. Sure, it all works, but where’s the art? Well, apparently, Confederate has been collecting all the art and putting it into their range of handmade, boutique motorcycles, like the XR132 Hellcat.

2014 Confederate Hellcat L Rear

Even if you’re not particularly into the whole drag-bike aesthetic, standing ten feet away, it’s hard not to be blown away by the close-in details, like the machined-from-aluminum engine case and the little window that lets you see the cam belt spinning away, like some enormous, thundering Swiss watch.

2014 Confederate Hellcat R Rear

That engine isn’t simply a warmed-over Harley Twin-Cam and, at $65,000 new, it’d better not be. It’s a 56°, 2163cc, perfectly-square unit by S&S, mated to a rugged 5-speed gearbox that puts 121hp and 140 ft/lbs to a balloon-like 240-section rear tire. The rest of the specifications are pure bike-porn with Berringer brakes, BST wheels, WP suspension, all topped off with a MotoGadget gauge to keep an eye on things.

2014 Confederate Hellcat L Case Detail

From the original eBay listing: 2014 Confederate Hellcat XR132 for Sale

The Hellcat 3 is a turning point in the history of the world’s most exotic bespoke manufacturer… because this is a bike that has been transformed from raw iconic hand made custom to sophisticated, drivable, maintainable, hand made custom by the genius and perfectionism of ex Ducati legend of the 90s, Pierre Terblanche who took over the role of head designer at Confederate between and 2012-2014 and who personally oversaw the build of this particular machine to make sure it was within the best of the company tolerances.

Boasting the legendary 2.2 S&S vee twin mill, the Hellcat now features useable geometry and an adjustable swing arm, plus a thousand other improvements and innovations over its predecessor which now take the pain out of ownership.

2014 Confederate Hellcat L Seat Detail

It’s interesting to note that the original listing shows the price in pounds sterling, so it makes one wonder: is the bike in Birmingham, Alabama, or Birmingham, England? It doesn’t really matter, since we’re all likely just looky-loos, here to talk about how we’d never spend our money on such an overpriced toy. But honestly, if I had all the money in the world, I probably would own something like this, because why the hell not. Although it’d more likely be the Hellcat’s stablemate, the Wraith, since it’s even weirder-looking…

2014 Confederate Hellcat R Front Detail

With a Buy It Now Price of $49,500 this is a seriously top-shelf machine for riders with a whole lot of disposable income, but also know a good bargain when they see it… It’s the kind of luxury motorcycle that is basically pointless, festooned with impossibly trick, high-performance bits that are basically unnecessary, given the bike’s likely uses: it’d never be your day-to-day bike, it’s lousy for track days, you can’t take a passenger, and you certainly can’t tour on it. Although anyone with enough cash to splash on a Hellcat could probably also afford to hire a chase van to follow along with your camping gear, espresso-maker, portable hot tub, and masseuse.

2014 Confederate Hellcat L Seat Detail

It’s a bike to own for no other reason than “because you can.” To paraphrase Mad Max’s Night Rider, the Hellcat is a “fuel-injected suicide machine, it’s a rocker, it’s a roller, it’s an out-of-controller…”


2014 Confederate Hellcat L Front

Buell July 4, 2014 posted by

Silk Purse Out of a Sow’s Ear: 1995 Buell Thunderbolt

I’m really not sure what it was that made Erik Buell stick with Harley Davidson power for so long. Maybe it was patriotism? Stubbornness, a desire to do something simply because no other sane person would even attempt it, let alone succeed?

Who knows, but the bikes he came up with, especially in those early years, are endearing and playful mutts, with a sort of cobbled-together style that stressed function over form. The weird, bulbous bodywork, the Performance Machine billet wheels, the huge, almost automotive air cleaner sticking out of the right side. But somehow it all works to create something that looks purposeful and cool, and clearly built around that imposing and iconic Harley mill.

1995 Buell Thunderbolt for sale on eBay

1995 Buell Thunderbolt S2 R Side

They also tuned the motor to make the powerband more sportbike-friendly and give it more than just a fat bottom-end. They did their best, but these are still heavy, low-revving lumps, and they run out of breath pretty early. But the torque, man. The torque

Buell eventually introduced many weight-saving, mass-centralizing features on their bikes, but you can still see indications of the direction he would eventually take in this early iteration. Although it lacks the distinctive ZTL [“zero torsional load”] perimeter brakes, their signature underslung exhaust was already in place and certainly unusual for the time.

This particular example looks great and includes a number of standard, effective upgrades that boost power for the 1200 Sportster engine to a claimed 108hp at the wheel!

1995 Buell Thunderbolt S2 Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Buell Thunderbolt S2 for Sale

Up for sale is a cherry condition 1995 Buell Thunderbolt S2 Signature Edition. This particular bike has been owned and cared for by an adult and has not been down. It currently has 9314 miles which all have been well maintained by Lancaster Harley Davidson. The bike is currently on consignment and sitting in our show room for sale. It has had a fair amount of custom work with out effecting the quality of the ride or reliability. The custom work was all done proffesionally by J&B Moto Company and Lancaster Harley Davidson with the up most care taken when performing the work.

This bike might be relatively clunky and crude by today’s standards, but it makes enough power to keep modern sportbikes honest. With most maintenance parts available at your local Harley dealer, this is an exotic you can live with that offers real-world performance in a sport-touring package. Also, that Harley connection means it’s okay to wear fringed leather chaps while riding, if you feel like it.


1995 Buell Thunderbolt S2 Front Rear

Silk Purse Out of a Sow’s Ear: 1995 Buell Thunderbolt
Buell June 30, 2014 posted by

Okay, Maybe Size DOES Matter: 2012 Buell 1190RS Race Bike

Stunning bike, stunning hardware, stunning photography. Move quickly: there’s not much time left on this American superbike from maverick Erik Buell’s reborn EBR.

It’s a tragedy that this came just a few years after Harley euthanized their sportbike division. With a ball-peen hammer. Harley has been resting on its laurels for far too long: they’ve made some cool bikes over the years, but their racing days are more legend than fact at this point, and Buell could have brought back those glories if they’d been allowed to make bikes like the 1190RS.  I’m a fan of classic bikes and classic styling, but seriously: pre-unit gearboxes in 2014 might just be a bit too vintage for me…

2012 Buell 1190RS for sale on eBay

2012 EBR 1190 Race Bike L Front

Erik Buell’s early bikes might have been better off with something lighter than Harley’s classic, air-cooled, 45° v-twin lump, but he worked with what he had at the time. The Sportster powertrain is emotive, but leadenly heavy, so Buell went on a weight-saving, mass-centralizing binge, with the frame doubling as a fuel tank, the swingarm holding the oil, a single, rim-mounted brake in place of a dual-disc setup.

An air-cooled twin that’s all torque stuffed into a compact, point-and-squirt machine? Sounds sort of like an American Monster… If you didn’t know any better, you’d think that this kind of bike would fit right in with Harley’s “American Badass” motif. Except: where is the stereo to blast Skynrd out on the open road? The hands-free BlueTooth system for ignoring your boss’ phone calls while you’re out riding in $1,500 worth of Harley-branded gear?

2012 EBR 1190 Race Bike Dash

Luckily, Mr Buell found a far more accommodating partner in Rotax and a far more effective powertrain in their 72° degree, liquid-cooled v-twin. What we have here, is possibly the second-coming of the American Superbike.

2012 EBR 1190 Race Bike R Rear

From the original eBay listing: 2012 EBR 1190RS for Sale

This is an AMA Pro Spec Superbike was last ridden by American rider Mark Miller in 2013 Macau GP
This bike is a closed course only factory superbike.
Is NOT street legal, nor can it be made to be street legal
Bike is located in Portland, OR
Motor & Chassis components were freshened before the Macau weekend and the bike is for sale as it finished that event.
Nothing has been removed or added since the completion of the event and it is for sale as is.
Ohlins Gas Charged Superbike Forks

Ohlins TTX36 Rear Shock
Complete Motec CDL Dash & Data Logger (Logger is configured to record all ecu channels via CAN Bus as well as the following analog inputs: Front & Rear Stroke sensors, oil pressure, air fuel ratio front & rear)
The list of performance upgrades accessories on this bike is much too long to list so I will summarize it “as it was last raced”

This EBR [“Erik Buell Racing”] 1190RS is, at the very least, way better looking than the 1125RR it replaced. It’s still much more “purposeful” than it is “beautiful,” unless you count cool-as-hell details like those little carbon brake ducts beautiful.

Then this bike is gorgeous.

As I write this, bidding is around $8,000 with the reserve not yet met. I bet that money would just about cover the cost of the suspension…


2012 EBR 1190 Race Bike L Side

Okay, Maybe Size DOES Matter: 2012 Buell 1190RS Race Bike
Roehr November 22, 2011 posted by

2009 ROEHR 1250sc For Sale in Illinois

Well, here’s something you don’t see everyday. Hands up: who’s ever heard of Roehr, or the Roehr 1250sc? What’s this? An exotic, powerful American sportbike?

Update 11.22.2011: Back on eBay with a Buy-it-Now of $20k. Links updated. -dc

Italy is full of tiny, semi-forgotten or barely viable sporting motorcycle manufacturers who’ve changed hands, been resurrected, been whored out, lived, died, or been forgotten. Bimota, Aermacchi, Laverda, Benelli, Motobi, Mondial, or Parilla… So many, it’s hard to keep track.

The cliché of the American Motorcycle has become one of the chromed-out, long and low chopper: the form-over-function, monstrously overstyled, fat and slow cruising machine. The British bike magazines sometimes refer to Harley Davidsons as “Hardly Movinsons” and it’s hard to really make the argument that they’re wrong: Harley’s sportiest bike, the XR1200 is about as sporty as Ducati’s Monster, the consummate pose-master (I know I look damn sexy on mine!)

How painful and embarrassing: it’s not that Yanks can’t ride and it’s not like we don’t have the roads to challenge a serious sportbike here. Plus Harley certainly made its share of race bikes back in the day, and Buell did it’s best to fit the heavy, but characterful American vee-twins into some very innovative sporting machines in more recent years…

But we’ve been mostly lacking in seriously sporting, boutique machines to compare with the real high-end exotica from Italy for almost 100 years…

2009 ROEHR 1250sc For Sale on eBay

Enter Walter Roehrich and Roehr motorcycles. Walter designed several bikes prior to this, powered by engines of his own design but based around mass-produced parts: a 500cc two-stroke vee twin using 250cc dirt bike cylinders and another powered by Highland, a Swedish dirt bike company.

The styling of the Roehr 1250sc we find here is a bit derivative, with a MV Agusta-esque front end and slightly last-generation sportbike Akropovic undertail pipes originally destined for an R1. That being said, it’s classy, understated, and expensive-looking.

What might get your blood pumping is well hidden behind those body panels: a 1250cc Harley Davidson V-Rod motor that Mr Roehrich decided needed a bit more oomph: it’s now boosted by a small, lightweight supercharger unit running 8lbs of boost. The result is about 170hp and a flat powerband that doesn’t care what gear you’re in. Unfortunately obvious is the slightly out-of-place V-Rod instrument cluster. And if those side-mounted radiators look familiar and Honda VTR-inspired, that’s because that’s where you’ve seen them.

Clearly, the thoughtful engineering that’s gone into this bike has paid off: the bike weighs in at 432 lbs dry, which I’d imagine is no small feat considering the ungainly lump of a motor they’ve shoehorned in there.

From their eBay auction:

The Roehr 1250sc is an exotic American Superbike, powered by a specially developed,
180hp, supercharged version of the Harley-Davidson V-Rod engine.
The 1250sc is graced with the highest quality components sourced from world class
manufacturers such as Marchesini, Brembo, Ohlins and Akropovic, a true American
performance motorcycle.

This particular bike has never been titled and is virtually new.
It was used for photo shoots and exhibition purposes.
The bike is EPA and CARB approved for sale in all 50 States.
Buyer is responsible for all shipping and applicable state sales taxes.
A Manufacturers Certificate of Origin will be supplied.

I’ve no idea what one of these is really worth, but there were originally 50 planned and priced at $49,999, so the $19,995 “buy it now” price seems a bargain. You surely won’t see one of these at your local bike night, and you could easily spend that much on a gaudy, out-of-fashion custom chopper. And you’d still be buying American.


Buell October 14, 2011 posted by

1989 Buell RR1200 and 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 Available Now in Canada

Good morning! Please welcome our latest site sponsor, Kia West in Coquitlam, BC with two featured pieces currently in their inventory.

First up is this great looking and barely broken in 89 Buell RR1200 with just 152 miles!

The history of this RARE motorcycle is part of Harley-Davidson’s success in Canada. Legendary enthusiast, racer and man behind the largest importer of Harley’s in the world (Trev Deeley) brought this machine into Vancouver as one of only three ever to be imported into Canada. I am sure that Trev did all he could do to promote Buell, simply because of Buell’s brilliance and innovation as a motorcycle racer. Stories of this RR1200 in the window of Deeley’s east Broadway motorcycle shop are consistent…so many traffic rear-enders distracted by the Buell in the window…the machine was removed from it’s display. From the spot light to the warehouse; that’s where the RR1200 sat for some time. One of Trev’s racing pals eventually purchased the RR1200 and moved it into his private collection. Never registered. 152 miles of demo. Sales brochure and original price tag included. Serviced and ready to show or vintage track.

Read our writeup on this Buell RR1200 Battletwin from May.

And this 93 Moto Guzzi Daytona with just 7141 miles on the clock:

Moto Guzzi is a genuine Italian motorcyle manufacturer. It is one of seven brands currently owned by Piaggo. Initially established in 1921 in Mandello del Lario, Italy. The company was noted for its historic prominence in world wide racing. In addition to a series of industry innovations, including the first motorcycle wind tunnel. What we have here is a unique and very, very rare opportunity. You have the chance to acquire one of these limited production machines. This is number 13 of 34 brought into the US.

Read our writeup on this 93 Moto Guzzi Daytona from July.

Many thanks to Kia West for helping to support Rare SportBikes For Sale!


Buell January 1, 2010 posted by

1999 Buell X1 Lightning LE Carbon Fiber #161 of 250

1999 Buell X1 Lightning Carbon Fiber Edition #161 of 250 listed on the Quad Cities Craigslist

Considering the recent decision by Harley-Davidson to cease all Buell operations and production of Buell motorcycles, I felt compelled to show Buell some RSBFS love. Carbon Fiber is always cool no matter what it is on and in 1999 Eric and the boys decided to lay it on the X1 Lightning and make it a LE version. I’m sure some of the run of the mill Buells will fade away, but I have to believe the LE versions will live on to be collectors items as time passes. I always liked the idea behind the Buell brand, but could never bring myself to purchase one due to the simple fact I was raised on inline fours. I’ve also admired Buell Motorcycles for their styling, wild colored frames, rims and their forward way of thinking. It is unfortunate that they no longer exist, but we will still be able to enjoy the looks and sounds of a soon to be classic motorcycle.

From the owner:

You are viewing my 1999 Buell X1 Lightning Carbon Fiber Extreme. This is a limited production bike and is #161 of only 250 built . If you are looking for the toughest street fighter bike around, you’ve found it! This has been the BEST all around bike I have ever owned. Many upgrades include Vance & Hines Exhaust, Screamin Eagle air intake, stage one ECU, and many internal upgrades to the 1203cc V Twin. This bike is Fuel Injected and runs PERFECTLY. Tires are good, brakes are newer, and the Buell has fresh synthetic fluids all the way around. Here is your chance to own a VERY RARE AMERICAN bike! 14k well maintained miles. ABSOLUTELY NO DISAPPOINTMENTS!! Asking $6,000 OBO.

From the net:

The Carbon Fiber Extreme X1, which features carbon fiber
weaved with a blue-tinted Dupont Kevlar® brand fiber on the front fairing,
chin spoiler, tank cover and windscreen. A Buell Pegasus icon is
“emblazoned” into the windscreen. It comes with a Nuclear Blue frame,
Nuclear Blue wheels, billet aluminum foot pegs, and a numbered gas cap.
Only 250 Carbon Fiber Extreme Lightning X1 motorcycles will be
produced for the North American market.

I really like the Blue in the Carbon Fiber as well as the Buell Logo that has been woven into the Bikini Fairing on the X1 as seen here.

So, if you’ve ever wanted to own a Buell, but haven’t pulled the trigger, now may be the right time.

Is it just me or does anyone else hear Taps playing in the background? 🙁